Happy Birthday Matt!

Happy Birthday Matt!

The GreenHouse team wishes a happy birthday to our volunteer, Matt! And many thanks to our volunteers Linda, for making the cake, and Lydia for bringing in pizza. 

Happy Birthday Matt!
April Volunteer of the Month (Margaret) LaNette Harper

April Volunteer of the Month (Margaret) LaNette Harper

When I arrived at the GreenHouse Food Bank, LaNette was a long-time GreenHouse Board Member and volunteer helping hold the organization steady between the departure of the prior director in November ’21 and my start in February ’22.

It wasn’t long before I realized this spunky worker bee, doing as much as her congestive heart failure would allow, was a very special person who loved God with all her strength.  At that time she was helping with the bookkeeping at her church, Happy Home, as well as helping with the bookkeeping for the foodbank.  She was a voice at the board meetings for the specific needs of our clients such as access to computers.

LaNette served as a GreenHouse Board member for over a decade. Board members remember her never ending love and passion for the GreenHouse.  In January of 2024, we dedicated the GreenHouse Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to LaNette’s memory.  Before she died, she told us to have a wonderful party and celebrate with her that she is in heaven now with the Lord she loves.  And so we did.

Libby
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Director
GreenHouse Food Bank

A Special Thank You

A Special Thank You

A Special Thank You

Thank You to Families of Colton School District
This week at the GreenHouse was one for the record books. We broke a record for the number of households served in a single day: 72. In less than 3 hours, our team served 72 families. To say we were busy was an understatement. This week due to Presidents’ Day, we were only open two days, but we served nearly 130 families. It seems every time we turn around, we have a new person walking through our food bank doors. Don’t get me wrong, we are happy to serve our community, that’s what a food bank does! We serve people who need help. However, those needing help are growing in number rather than staying the same. Times are lean. We are grateful to have enough food to help, and for our local and state partnerships that deliver food to us, as well as our donors who help keep our lights on. Some highlights of this week for me were:
  • One of our most vulnerable clients is getting some much needed help through our community partner, Rural Resources.
  • We had donations of sleeping bags, clothing, and cat and dog food come through the door.
  • Our team of volunteers met every single benchmark this week, and they did it with a smile.
  • I laughed with many clients. I hugged, and yes—cried—with a few too.
So, while the need is great, and the days are packed full, on behalf of everyone who serves the GreenHouse and therefore the people who live in our community, Thank you!

VISIT US

Greenhouse Food Bank
PO Box 62
211N Fir Ave
Deer Park WA 99006

509.276.6897

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FOOD & CLOTHING BANK HOURS

Mon — 2PM-5:45PM Wed, Fri — 1PM-3:45PM Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun — Closed

OFFICE HOURS

Mon — 2PM-5:45PM Wed, Fri — 9:30AM-4:30PM Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun — Closed Closed all major holidays

Partners Helping Partners

Partners Helping Partners

Partners Helping Partners

Partners helping partners makes stronger communities. Today one of our clients, who is also a volunteer at the VFW Hall in Elk, loaded up boxes of food to help feed fire victims at a free dinner hosted by the VFW. The GreenHouse was happy to play a small part in feeding our friends who’ve lost their homes due to the Oregon Fire. 

January Update

January Update

The weather isn’t always fair at the GreenHouse. In fact, sometimes it’s downright miserable. We do live in Deer Park, after all. Winter time presents many challenges as far as keeping our food and clothing banks open. Happily, our teams of volunteers are truly remarkable people and they pivot with grace.
Their goal is always to help clients and they surpass our wildest hopes with their servant leader hearts. 

Take for example January 17 when we received more than 8  inches of snow. 

One of our volunteers, Marty, who shops with our clients, has also stepped up to plow the driveway so everyone at the GreenHouse can carefully walk to and from our warehouse. But on a day with this much snow, we decided it was in everyone’s best interest to close the clothing bank and host a drive up food bank for the day. This required many texts and phone calls between our staff and volunteers. 
The volunteers who could safely drive to the GreenHouse quickly unloaded the full grocery rescue van and then began pre-assembling food boxes for our clients. 

When we opened that day, we served 42 families–representing nearly 170 individuals– in a drive up event. In 15 degree weather and cold, miserable snow, they stayed happy and cheerful as they loaded box after box of food into cars. 
Our clients expressed bounteous gratitude for the food they received. I, too, am grateful. Without these tremendous volunteers, this food bank could not work. 
With humble appreciation to each and every one of you, I say THANK YOU.
Sincerely, 

Denise 
Client Services Manager 

P.S. That tall guy pictured with me is my own adult son. Jan 17 became “take your son to work day” in the best way possible. 
P.P.S Not all of our volunteers for this day are pictured. Alas, some of them are camera shy. We love them anyway, but respect their wishes to remain anonymous. 

You are the Blessings in our Lives

You are the Blessings in our Lives

Denise - Client Services Manager

December is naturally a month when our thoughts turn to the blessings in our lives. Every week, Libby, Mike, and I meet for a quick staff meeting and often the blessings we talk about are the GreenHouse volunteers.

As Operations Manager, Mike has a team of volunteers that often never interface with our clients. They are the cheerful humans who spend their mornings driving to stores for food rescue pickup, stocking shelves, sorting donations, cleaning, tidying, breaking down boxes, and making our food room ready for our clients. 

As the Director of our food bank, Libby’s team of volunteers also work behind the scenes. They’re the ones who help make copies, assist with grant writing, and work on public relations and communication to help fundraise for the GreenHouse. They help spread the word about upcoming events that benefit our community. 

The volunteers who work alongside me in the afternoons when we are open have a special task. They restock shelves and freezers, but most importantly they help shop with our clients, creating a smooth experience for everyone who walks through our doors. They offer kindness, generosity, listening ears, and heartfelt encouragement when people need it the most. As a group, they bolster me with their commitment to service.

Last, we have a very special set of behind-the-scenes volunteers. They are the ones picking up our cardboard, the farmers who take spoiled produce for animal feed, or the citizens who send in a check when we ask for funds. 
They’re the people who serve on our board of directors, and the ones who bring in garden and farm donations during the summer and clothing donations during the year, or food donations once a month because they want to. 
They are the store managers and employees who set aside food so our volunteers can collect it and distribute it. They are the business owners who collect winter coats or toys for children. They are the churches and scouting troops who send teams of people to clean our warehouse. 

THEY ARE YOU. 

Because you see, the GreenHouse is the community’s space. It belongs to us all and it only works because of the generous spirit of our community. 
Can you see now how easy it is for Libby, Mike and me to offer our thanks for the blessings in our lives? Those blessings are YOU and we are grateful. 

Sincerely,

Denise—Client Services Manager